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What the H***!?

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  • What the H***!?

    Heres the cituation. Our school district has a group called Caring Communities. They got togather with a property owner who owns a vacant lot down the street from me. Well they put in a community garden in there, sounds great right? Well "some" of the neighbors are up in arms about it. They say it will bring in "bad people". There has even been threats over this thing. Is their anyone here can give me a reasonable justification why these people have a problem with it? I know theres nothing they can do about it, its private property. But 2 boys ganged up on MY daughter over it, no real physical done more just names and threats and spitting.
    G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.

  • #2
    Do they pay for what is being harvested? I know this sounds triat (sp?), but they may have to charge ( a penny) for using the garden. It is none of thier business what goes on in the garden unless they have had some type of property damage. Did they spit on your daughter on on the ground? I'd had to hurt someone if they did.


    • #3
      [But 2 boys ganged up on MY daughter over it, no real physical done more just names and threats and spitting]

      In certain circles this is refered to as assault. I would pursue this. Our society is undergoing ..... change .... and not for the better. Two boys confronting a girl? Times have changed. Good luck.
      Things are seldom what they seem.


      • #4
        [Do they pay for what is being harvested? I know this sounds triat (sp?), but they may have to charge ( a penny) for using the garden.]

        This will open cans of worms you don't even want to have to deal with. Do your thing, invite family, friends and neighbors ..... its no one elses business. That may be the source of contention .... the uninvited. These are the sort that will need to be dealt with .... eventually.
        Things are seldom what they seem.


        • #5

          Two boys threaten one girl?

          I would be all over that in a heartbeat!

          There is a huge community garden in Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, NC.

          It's been thee as long as I can remember and there has never been any kind of problem.

          The neighbors are pointing their anger in the wrong direction.


          • #6
            It sounds to me as though people are simply frustrated with everything that is happening around them, and as frustration goes, there's never any justification for actions. People are upset at things that are affecting them, and have no recourse to solve the problem, so they lash out at whatever they can find.

            This garden, an example of people working together in friendship, will infuriate those who were not invited simply because they feel left out. They may not want to take part in what's going on, but they also don't want others to be happy.

            This is clearly a case of misguided frustration due to current economic and social destruction.
            "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden


            • #7
              Things have seem to calm down a bit. Hopefully they looked in the mirror and didn't like what they saw. (doubt it) Handled the 2 boys situation rather well, I think, at least I didn't spend time in jail. Parents beat the shit out of their boys. Would have done it to my boy if he had done something like that, but I taught him better.
              G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.


              • #8
                Glad things have settled down Mountain Man. Agree with Visinedrops... Sounds like folks at first had an expectation that the community garden might bring in some 'riff-raff'. Glad the situation has changed for the better. Kudos to you for handling the 2 boys incident. I would have been livid!


                • #9
                  Yeah. I was seeing red. Had to go out to the farm and "blow off steam". I was already to do some serious B slapping, if you know what I mean.
                  G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.


                  • #10
                    Just found out the reason everything was quite is because they filed a petition to close the garden down. They had peoples names on the petition that one never signed the petition and two didn't even know about the garden. But it still closed the garden. How can they do that when it was on private property? I'm pissed. Also my daughter faked being sick yesterday because she was scared to go to school. This is another reason why America is no longer America. The small minded SONS A B***ES. So in 2 to 3 years when the house is paid off we're movin. But first I'm going to plant a garden every year in the front yard, with a scare crow pink flamingos, and paint my house safety yellow, ( the physo b*** gets headackes fro too much yellow) withe safty green trim, safty red doors, and saftey blue railings. Oh and a archery target deer, and a toilet flower pot. Then rent the house out. Ok probably not but I'm pissed, and we will move when we can, and rent the house out to any "BAD SEED" I can find.
                    G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.


                    • #11
                      I might go hire a crew of illegals to paint their house safety yellow while they were out of town.... just an evil thought.
                      My weapon can kill, it isn't limited to mere assault


                      • #12
                        Well Caring Communities back out from having the garden. Had a meeting last night. Some one pulled the race card out. So the land owner and a few of us are going to continue gardening over there, and everyone is told whoever wants to can. Can't stop the land owner for doing whatever he wants with his property. (long as its legal).
                        G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.


                        • #13
                          This is from local news paper.

                          By Kelly Evenson - [email protected]
                          The Examiner
                          Posted Sep 02, 2009 @ 12:33 AM
                          Independence, MO —
                          It started off as an idea to create a community garden less than a block from Bryant Elementary School.

                          What has transpired, however, are accusations of racism and lack of community participation, poor communication and a change of plans for the Bryant Caring Communities garden.

                          “I want to apologize to any of the residents who felt like we did something wrong here,” said Nina Falls, Caring Communities site coordinator at Bryant Elementary in Independence at a special LINC (Local Investment Commission) meeting Tuesday. “I have never done a community garden and am sorry if there are any hard feelings.”

                          Plans for the garden began in March when an empty lot on Cottage St. was donated to Caring Communities. But because of how close it was to the end of the school year, construction was halted until the fall semester began. Similar gardens have already been established at Fairmount and Thomas Hart Benton elementary schools as well as Nowlin Middle School and William Chrisman High School.

                          The main difference with the Bryant garden was that unlike the others in the school district, it would not be located on school property, but off-site. Plans called for four, 4x12 plots in the garden.

                          “There was no ground to put a garden at the school, so the site council found some available,” said Bill Rodgers, representative with LINC. “We admit, however, that we did not talk with the neighborhood families as we should have. Now, we have to try to move forward.”

                          Issues began to arise last week, when Falls was preparing the site for planting to begin. One of the neighbors near the community garden exchanged words with Falls of a racist nature.

                          It was then, said neighborhood resident Louis Taute, that “all hell broke lose,” including the distribution of a petition against the garden.

                          “I am the one that lives right next to the garden and would be impacted the most,” Taute said. “I am fine with it and think it is a great idea. If anyone is going to catch the brunt of this, it is going to be me. I am disheartened to see that it now won’t happen.”

                          The concept of community gardens is not new. Not only does it help lower food costs for neighborhood families, but it also allows children to be involved in the growing and maintenance process.

                          Because of the controversy surrounding the community garden, the Bryant Caring Communities Site Council has decided to forgo the project at that location and look for another property within the attendance area to move the garden.

                          Neighbor Dottie Smith said she understands why Caring Communities is backing out. She said, however, she believes it is a “crying shame.”

                          Caring Communities has the responsibility of bringing the community together,” she said. “But I am upset that the neighbors have chosen this way to go. I think people in the neighborhood need to be more concerned with drugs and meth labs instead of a garden.”

                          Independence Board of Education member Ira Anders, who lives in the Bryant attendance area, said he spoke with many residents over the last week. He said he never got the idea that racism was the issue, only the lack of communication about what was really going to happen.

                          “Three scenarios were given to me – that Bryant students were involved in this garden; that individual families would be responsible for the garden plots and that the garden would be open to anyone who lives in the Bryant attendance area,” he said. “I think the problem is that people were concerned about who was going to be coming in and out of their neighborhood and at what time of day and night. When you are going into an area to do something different, there are three important things to remember – communication, communication, communication.”

                          Independence City Council member Marcie Gragg said she felt like moving the garden is the right thing to do.

                          “I don’t think you should let this program go,” she said. “I think what needs to happen is to take a look at what available land and property and look at a way to make this work somewhere else. Let this issue rest on this particular street.”

                          Falls said she has “let go” what happened last week and is moving forward.

                          “When I thought about this garden, I thought of the kids and the possibility of having the Girl Scouts help, maybe even the people on Cottage,” she said. “I was trying to think broad-community based, but maybe my thinking was too broad. I didn’t have any idea that people on the street wouldn’t want to carry out this plan at all. I was thinking that everyone would want a community garden.”
                          G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.


                          • #14
                            Sure sorry this didn't work out. The "race card" ploy is something I am so sick of.


                            • #15
                              Neighbor called me, and told me that there will be 20 some people there this weekend working in the garden. I'm going and bring my grill and do some BBQ chicken. They can stick that where the sun don't shine.
                              G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.